House Fails To Override Veto Of SCHIP Expansion

Law360, New York (October 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday failed to override President George W. Bush's veto of a bill that would have extended health insurance to about 3.5 million currently uninsured children, falling 10 votes short of the required two-thirds majority.

The bill would have infused $35 billion over five years into the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, allowing it to cover more families than it currently covers. The extra funds would have come from a higher tax on cigarettes.

SCHIP provides affordable health...
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